24. Antarctica – The Mysterious Death of an Astrophysicist

Rodney Marks was an Australian astrophysicist, who worked with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at the South Pole.

After a day’s work, he became violently ill. 24 hours later he would be dead. But due to the harsh weather conditions, it would be six months before his body could be transported to New Zealand for a post-mortem examination. After an excruciating wait, results showed that Rodney had died from methanol poisoning.

On the base were 49 other people, trapped in the winter cold. Was Rodney killed by one of his co-workers, or was his death a tragic accident?

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Resources 

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Inside the creepy case of the only person ever murdered at the South Pole

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Articles

A Mysterious Death at the South Pole

Death on the ice

Murder at the South Pole

FBI Agents to visit Antarctica in rare investigation of assault

Former South Pole Physician Dr Thompson on his rescue

Love in a cold climate: The South Pole scientists who rely on an age-old way to keep warm

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Credits

Created by Sonya L

Narrated by: Noel Vinson

Researched & Produced by Two Red Romans Productions

Music: “Nordic Medieval” by Marcus Bressler

Background track: Doblado Studios: https://www.youtube.com/c/DobladoStudios

This True Crime Podcast was researched using open source or archive materials.